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— A.J. Brooks (@WWEAJLee) July 30, 2015
#1~ Seth Green got off to a great start and the crowd embraced him right away. Besides for Hugh Jackson or Bob Barker, Green was the best choice to host and one of the best guests they’ve ever had on RAW. It’s amazing how well the “guest host” gimmick works when the host actually knows and likes the product!
#2~ While it’s awesome to get Dolph Ziggler/Seth Rollins on RAW, why wasn’t this match set for a PPV. It was a very good match that unfortunately had a screw job finish. It’s definitely high time these two had a legit program and the fact that they haven’t has been a glaring oversight.
#3~ Great showcase for Charlotte on RAW but the loss wasn’t too bright. Especially since one, you’re trying to promote the NXT special and two, Charlotte just lost to the woman she beat for the NXT Woman’s Championship (even though no commentator remembered that fact).
#4~ So the rocking chair was Sister Abagail’s…? I guess that would piss Bray Wyatt off but I don’t know if Wyatt’s crying about it like Dean Ambrose ran over his dog really made sense. With the new rumor that Wyatt may be facing the legendary Undertaker at WrestleMania 31, I can’t help but wonder what they’re going to do to make Bray Wyatt formidable again.
#5~ What began as a very “Santino” gimmick, Damien Mizdow has become a cult phenomena. His “suplex” and then the even better “delayed suplex” were just fantastic ideas. And that’s not even including the greatest gimmick of them all, Mizdow’s “prop titles”. I don’t know what the long-term plans are but I can tell you that when Mizdow turns on The Miz, the proverbial roof will be blown off the arena.
#6~ Well we didn’t get Shawn Michaels challenging The Undertaker for WrestleMania as we did a few years before but it was a pretty solid show. The awards didn’t take too much time so they didn’t lose the live audience. Plus, they were always bookmarked by in-ring action instead of endless promos or backstage segments. That will always keep a live crowd lively. All in all a very good show for one that is usually terrible. Hey, maybe they have the right formula down now.
STAMFORD, CONN., Dec. 3, 2014 – Film and television star Seth Green will guest host Monday Night Raw and WWE’s 2014 Slammy Awards this Monday live at 8 pm ET/7C on USA Network. The annual fan-voted Slammy Awards are WWE’s version of the Oscars, honoring the best of the year with its own golden statue. In addition to Monday Night Raw, the Slammy Awards will be presented across multiple platforms including digital, mobile, social and for the first time, WWE Network.
Green is the co-creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken and the Robot Chicken Christmas Special, which will air this Sunday at 11:30 pm ET on Adult Swim. Green is also a longtime WWE fan and previously appeared on Monday Night Raw on July 13, 2009.
Select Slammy Awards will be given out exclusively on WWE.com and for the first time, during the pre-show on WWE Network beginning at 7:30 pm ET this Monday.
The Slammy Award categories and nominees will be announced through WWE’s social media platforms including the WWE Twitter and Facebook accounts, beginning today at noon ET, and continuing throughout the week. The WWE Universe will have the opportunity to help select nominees in each category by using #Slammy.
Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for the winners on WWE.com beginning this Saturday for the WWE Network pre-show exclusive Slammy Awards and the WWE.com exclusive Slammy Awards. Voting for the Slammy Awards given out on Monday Night Raw will take place this Monday starting at 8 pm ET during the telecast exclusively through the WWE App.
Last year’s show received a record breaking 1.64 million votes, a 180 percent increase from 2012’s record-setting awards show.
#1~ John Cena tries to kill of the Anonymous GM, Dolph Ziggler is put over AND Seth Rollins brings up Sting all in the first 5 minutes of the show’s start. I guess someone on Creative actually read the reviews of RAW last week.
#2~ Seth Green is a good choice for the Slammys host. It’s definitely not Dennis Miller and finally someone who is a huge wrestling fan plus one who knows the WWE audience. I’m looking forward to next week instead of dreading it.
#3~ I don’t even remember what Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose are fighting about anymore. I do know that Wyatt was absolutely devastated when Ambrose destroyed his rocking chair so I guess there’s that. The only way this feud can escalate now is if Ambrose gets his hands on Wyatt’s lantern.
#4~ So did you realized that was Noelle Foley in the “Cyber Monday” promo with her father dressed as Santa. I think it’s safe to say that she got the high-end of her mom’s supermodel looks and not her dad’s “garbage man” good looks.
#5~ Did anyone catch why Brie Bella is now a heel? If you missed the Bellas’ entrance then you don’t because that’s the only time it came up. Apparently the explanation is that Brie fell in love with Nikki & they became friends again while Brie was Nikki’s indentured servant.
#6~ The end of that six-man tag match really shined the light on something: why isn’t Seth Rollins booked with Dolph Ziggler and John Cena with Luke Harper. It seems like such a natural switch but we get stuck with these stale match ups. In a time when there’s nothing going on and everyone is waiting for WrestleMania season, try something new! I think we’ve harkened about this for years but damn, there’s nothing interesting on the show right now!
The Main Event show for the WWE Network will feature The Miz vs. Jimmy Uso, stemming from the angle on Raw where The Miz hit on Naomi.
In addition, Dean Ambrose vs. Rusev is scheduled to headline the Smackdown show itself.
Finally, WWE announced that Seth Green will be the guest host of Raw next week for the Slammy awards episode.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is a documentary that focuses on a handful of people who are all attending the San Diego Comic-Con for their own personal reasons: first there’s the disgruntled die hard comic store owner who’s looking to make ends meet, while also attempting to sell an incredibly rare comic for $500,000; then there’s a collector who will do whatever it takes to find that one action figure that eludes his ever growing collection; and there’s also two artists who are looking to get discovered; and a group of costume designers who build incredible pieces in their garage back home in hopes of getting noticed when they present them at the Con; and finally there’s a couple who met at the convention a year earlier, and this year a secret proposal is planned with the help of Kevin Smith.
All these stories interweave with one another, with wonderful graphic design layout and editing that sees each story fade out in the form of a frozen comic book page still instead of just cutting to the next piece. It adds to the quality of the documentary, and gives the viewer the feeling that they’re following along with a comic book that comes to life between pages.
The best part about the whole thing is that each story is interesting in its own right. Watching these two artists (who are both separate stories) trying to showcase their work to famous industry artists can really hit the heartstrings at times, simply because these are two guys who are putting it on the line, and sometimes the feedback they receive – while constructive – just hits them in a way that you can tell hurts. Meanwhile, watching this action figure collector running through isles in order to capture a rare prize all while epic music is playing is funny and entertaining in its own way. No two stories are truly alike, and each character brings something to the table so that we’re never waiting for the documentary to revert back to someone else, as it’s always interesting and enchanting.
While these stories are the meat and potatoes of the documentary, there are also a plethora of interviews with actors, directors, writers, artists and creators mixed in as well. People like Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Matt Fraction, Harry Knowles and Kevin Smith all talk about what Comic-Con means to them, and how much it has changed in recent years with the surplus of Hollywood panels coming in and taking the focus off the comic books entirely.
The fact that many Hollywood studios now use the Comic-Con as a place to showcase their latest blockbuster films has changed the atmosphere entirely. And while some understand that this is the place where studios can grasp what fans truly want, and help their films get the best word of mouth advertisement possible, others feel that the Con will never be the same again, and that they miss the days where it was a place just for comic book fans.
Those who enjoy Spurlock’s past works will likely notice early on that this film is missing one key ingredient that he usually uses to sell his films: himself. That’s right, from beginning to end we never hear a peep from Mr. Spurlock, and while I’m sure he would have made the film entertaining in his own way, the decision to allow the fans themselves to tell the stories that carry the documentary forward was really a smart one, as it really drives home the fact that Comic-Con is a place that certain people call home, and really get to be themselves for a few days of the year without fear of being judged.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is an incredibly entertaining look inside a world that not everybody understands. Those who enjoy conventions, comics and or collecting pretty much anything will likely find something to enjoy and relate to here; however, those with an open mind who are looking to see just what all the fuss is about when it comes to these conventions will find the answers they’re looking for, as well as some laughs along the way.
The video transfer of the documentary looks great; with sharp, colourful images throughout that help keep the viewers feeling like they’re in this enchanting world being spoken about. The audio quality is also spot-on, with dialogue never being an issue both in the storied sequences, or the interviews.
There are only a few special features, though one in particular really adds almost an hour to the film itself to some extent.
Behind the Scenes – This is a brief behind the scenes featurette that sees Morgan Spurlock finally appear in front of the camera, and in six and a half minutes he explains how he got the film made, and how he got so many big names involved. He also speaks about how at any given time there were 15 full-time crews shooting footage throughout the Con. Really quick fun watch, especially for those who missed Spurlock’s voice during the piece itself.
Deleted Scenes – There are nine minutes worth of deleted scenes, and while they would’ve thrown off the flow of the documentary in some cases, they’re actually all worth watching, as they add a bit more depth, and humour in some cases, to various stories.
Interviews – Here’s the feature that really gives the viewer something to cheer about, as they’ve added in an hour of extended interviews with a great number of those we heard from in the documentary itself, and some we didn’t, such as Ellen Page and Felicia Day. Definitely worth checking out for those who enjoyed the film, but especially for fans in general who’d like to hear what these folks have to say about the hobby and lifestyle they love so much.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is an entertaining documentary that tells a handful of stories, while also giving inside perspective by those who helped make the comic book industry as popular as it is today. It may not be educational in the sense of delving into the history of comics and how they came to be, but that’s not what Spurlock set out to accomplish. No, this documentary is an exploration of different aspects of a convention that has helped change the face of the entertainment industry, and it does so without judging those who call it home.
Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Neca Films Present Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. Directed by: Morgan Spurlock. Written by: Morgan Spurlock & Jeremy Chilnick. Starring: Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen, Seth Green, Eli Roth, Harry Knowles, Morgan Webb. Running time: 86 minutes. Rating: PG. Released: June 10, 2012. Available at Amazon.com.
Milo (motion captured by Seth Green and voiced by Seth Dursky) is your typical kid. He doesn’t listen to his mother (Joan Cusack, perfectly cast) and gets extremely frustrated when she tells him to do things. He even goes so far as to say he’d be better off without a mother at all. Little does he know, Martians have been secretly watching his mother and praising her parenting skills. For years, Martians have scoured the Earth for the best moms so they can kidnap them and use them as a template for their nanny robots which they create to take care of their own babies.
Milo catches them in the act of abducting his mother and stows away on their ship. Teaming up with another earthling named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a TV loving Martian named Ki, Milo finds himself in a race against time to save his mother, and along the way discovers that he needs her more than he thought.
The whole idea of the story seems preposterous, and it is. But that’s part of the charm. Mars Needs Moms is based on the book by Berkeley Breathed (of Bloom County comic strip fame) and is written for the screen and directed by Simon Wells (great grandson of H.G. Wells). The few bumpy patches at the beginning of the film are forgotten by the time the nail-biting climactic ending ensues; the story shines in the hands of Disney and Zemeckis.
Motion capture is a very cool process, but the animated actors still look a little phony; though there’s no question that the characters in the movie are the actors who play them, even the evil Martian Supervisor who’s played by Frau Farbissina herself, Mindy Sterling. But by the time Milo gets to Mars, any concerns about the animation are tossed into space. The whole thing is entirely too much fun to nitpick.
Zemeckis still has a long way to go if he wants to perfect motion capture, but Mars Needs Moms is more than just another fluffy animated movie. This is truly a fun, memorable, and moving film; I dare you not to shed a tear at the end. Silly title aside, the movie is so well written, well acted, and well conceived, it will charm the space boots off of kids and their parents.
Extras on the Blu-ray are sparing, but include:
Fun With Seth – Onset antics in the mo-cap suits, starring Seth Green and Dan Fogler. I don’t know why, but I’m personally fascinated by the mo-cap process. I love these kinds of behind the scenes. (2:28)
Martian 101 – A short featurette showing how the three main Martian actors – Elisabeth Harnois (Ki), Mindy Sterling (Supervisor), and Kevin Cahoon (Wingnut) – invented the Martian language. Really fun! (2:51)
Deleted Scenes with intro by director Simon Wells – There are seven total deleted/extended scenes, including an alternate opening. Most of these were rightfully cut from the final film. (28:31 total)
Trailers – Prom, The Lion King on Blu-ray, Winnie the Pooh, The Lion King Musical on tour, Phineas & Ferb new episodes on Disney XD, African Cats, Spooky Buddies, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
I saw Mars Needs Moms twice in theaters, once on Blu-ray and loved it every time. I’m honestly shocked that such a sweet movie has become one of the biggest box office flops of ALL TIME let alone of the year. Maybe audiences were tired of paying 3D surcharges? Maybe audiences were tired of lame children’s movies being released this Spring? Maybe its annoyance with motion capture? A combination of all of them? I have no idea. I encourage everyone with kids to give Mars Needs Moms a try and leave your personal opinions.
Walt Disney Studios presents Mars Needs Moms. Directed by: Simon Wells. Starring: Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Joan Cusack. Written by: Simon Wells, Wendy Wells, based on the book by Berkeley Breathed. Running time: 88 minutes. Rating: PG. Released on Blu-ray: August 9, 2011. Available at Amazon.com.
I’ve loved Star Wars since I was a kid. I liked Family Guy when it first came out but got over it real quickly. Against better judgment I watched the first Family Guy Star Wars parody, Blue Harvest and it actually made me laugh a few times. Keeping that in mind let me say that It’s A Trap was a complete waste of 57 minutes. But to be fair, the opening scroll does warn how bad it is.
Following the previous two parodies, this is Return of the Jedi done with Family Guy characters: Peter is Han, Lois is Leia, Chris is Luke, Stewie is Darth Vader, Brian is Chewie and Meg is the sarlaac with other characters filling in many of the other rolls. There are a few American Dad and The Cleveland Show characters tossed in as well including Klaus as Admiral Ackbar, Rallo Tubs as Nien Numb, Tim the Bear as Wicket. (I realize that if you don’t know Star Wars or Family Guy then the last paragraph probably makes little sense, but then why would you be reading this review anyway?)
Trap follows the basic story of Jedi tossing in typical Family Guy types jokes throughout like Han letting out a big fart as he is thawed from the carbonite. Even jokes that start out funny fell flat when the writers and animators took it too far. During the Endor battle a group of Ewoks and Stormtroopers begin fighting. This turns into a pillow fight between the Stormtroopers with the Ewoks as pillows. Funny. Then the Stormtroopers start to giggle like girls and strip their armor off to reveal a bunch of girls in bikinis. Joke no longer funny.
Most of the jokes in Trap made me roll my eyes and shake my head more than laugh or even chuckle or crack a smile. The film is filled with tons of typical non sequitur jokes including references to Caddyshack, Conway Twitty (both of which involve live action cutaways), Pee-Wee Herman, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Star Trek, most of which provided little humor. However I will admit that the “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Calrissians” movie poster did make me crack a smile. And the best random cultural reference came at the end when Lando (Mort Goldman) flies the Millennium Falcon in to blow up the Death Star. In the center the band Power Station is rocking out. Then they blow them up. Though I wonder how many people today actually remember who Power Station even is?
The better jokes in the film were those that poked fun at flaws in the original film: Trying to make the Imperial Shuttle “fly casually” past the Star Destroyer, Yoda (Carl) repeating Luke’s name over and over as he dies and the exaggeration of the Ian McDiarmid’s (who played the real Emperor) acting at the end of the film. However exchanging the speeder bikers for ten speeds was not funny.
The other noteworthy moment of the film comes at the end when the Emperor (Lois’s Dad) is trying to lure Luke to the dark side of the force and starts incessantly insulting Seth Green’s (the voice of Chris) acting career. Luke tries to defend it by mention Austin Powers, but the Emperor points out that people don’t go see those films cause Seth Green is in them.
The most jarring thing about the film, besides the lack of laughs, is the contrast between the hand drawn animation of the characters and the computer animated ships and vehicles. The ships and vehicles look fantastic and like they don’t belong in this Family Guy world. The final space battle and the Endor battle don’t even look like they should be in the same film together at all.
The bottom line is: If you like Family Guy and the previous two Star Wars parodies, you’ll probably like It’s A Trap as well. If you’ve never liked Family Guy or any of it’s off shoots, then this is certainly not going to change your mind. Whatever you’re feelings about the show, I think it’s safe to say we all hope they don’t try to tackle the prequels. While they are certainly more ripe for parody, nobody wants to have to sit through that.
Family Guy: It’s A Trap is presented in anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. Despite my dislike for the film, this is a great looking and sounding film. The colors really pop on this Blu-Ray transfer. The ships and vehicles look especially nice.
Commentary with Seth MacFarlane, David Goodman, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Shannon Smith and Peter Shin: I have to say, this group is pretty entertaining to listen to and they make sitting through the film a little more bearable. They get a little lost in watching the film a couple times, but always get back on track.
A Very Special Message From Darth Stewie: (1 min.) A voice mail that Darth “Stewie” Vader left for Luke Skywalker telling him why he should join the Dark Side. Didn’t see the point to this. Not funny.
Star Wars Trivial Pursuit: The Ultimate Championship: (31 min.) You get to watch four Family Guy crew folk play Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. This starts out boring, but gets kind of funny towards the end once they start to relax and make fun of one another “It’s Forest Moon, not Jungle Moon!” If you’re a Star Wars dork like I am, it’s fun to try and answer the questions before they do. Though, if you want to have more fun, just get some friends together and play the game yourselves. This probably would have been more enjoyable and it been Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green and some of the other actors.
Drawing With Peter Shin: (19 min.) Learn how to draw characters from the show. Kind of boring, but does a good job of showing how the characters come together. Maybe interesting for a beginning artist.
Sock Puppet Outtakes: (1 min.) During the Jabba’s Palace scene this stupid sock puppet shows up. These are outtakes from that. Not funny or interesting at all.
Animatics (39 min.)
Making The Scene: (6 min.) Peter Shin walks us through two scenes from Animatic to finished product. This is much more interesting, and shorter, than the pervious special feature.
I haven’t been a fan of Family Guy for a long time and this film didn’t change my mind. Really it just made me want to watch Return Of The Jedi or perhaps Spaceballs or even that two part South Park episode making fun of Family Guy. If you own the first two and the show, by all means go out and pick this up, you’ll most likely like this too. If not then stay way, it is indeed a trap!
20th Century Fox presents Family Guy: It’s A Trap. Directed by Peter Shin. Written by David A. Goodman and Seth MacFarlane. Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Patrick Warburton and Adam West. Running time: 57 minutes. Not Rated, however contains language not suitable for all ages. Released on Blu-ray and DVD: December 21, 2010.
With 2010 in the books, and 2011 going forward at Warp 10, I think it’s time to look back at the year gone by to see what we’ve learned. We’ve gone a bit nutty by looking at the best of the year with films, et al, but I think there’s a lot to be learned by looking back at the year gone by. It’s one thing to look at just what happened in the quality of the final product that ended up reaching screens big and small, and with box office grosses, but I think there’s more to it than that. I think there are some lessons to be learned from the year that was that goes beyond movie quality and raw box office data.
What have we learned in 2010? Lots of things, actually, and as such I think they’re worthy of discussion.
1. Star power is officially over-rated
A bunch of guys hitting each other in the groin outdrew a film with one of the biggest assemblage of stars in the past couple years. Jackass 3-D may have had the power of 3D to lift its movie ticket price somewhat, but even throwaway parts in Valentine’s Day had big time stars in them. Tom Cruise in an action film couldn’t break $100 million domestically, which used to be an automatic in the first three weeks of release. Russell Crowe in two action films combined couldn’t beat the Twilight kids at the box office.
The power of the movie star to draw crowds is waning, if not near death. The biggest test will be the sequels to Men in Black and Bad Boys that Will Smith has en route for 2012. He’s perhaps the last great box office star for the summer film season that hasn’t had it blown back in his face. If he can’t open a film based on name, perhaps Hollywood will officially take notice.
2. The Bruckheimer Formula Isn’t an Automatic for Success
What happens when you take a nebbish leading man who isn’t quite a leading man, a first rate character actor of British or Australian descent as a villain, a handful of beautiful actresses slumming it and a leading man hamming it up and you’ve got all you need to make a summer blockbuster with Jerry Bruckheimer sans a script, marketing materials and a Michael Bay clone. It’s good enough that Bruckheimer got $350 million or so to make a Prince of Persia film as well as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. On paper it’d seem to be enough for success: one film is based off a hit video game franchise and the other has its origins in a beloved Disney video. So what happened?
Both films weren’t that good.
People knew this and didn’t pay to see mediocre films merely because they were available and advertised heavily, as the $150 million they made combined domestically is about $200 million less than they cost. Bruckheimer has a formula that’s seemingly paid off every time he’s used it but this past summer it didn’t quite work as well as it had in years past. Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is all the more interesting because of it. In an industry that is seeing its ticket sales slow, and gimmicks like 3D wearing off, can a couple subpar performing films doom it for the man with the golden touch?
3. Original Ideas Work When Given the Right People
Animation has been taking plenty of massive risks for years but nothing was riskier than Inception in 2010. It had everything you could want, from a director coming off the biggest film not directed by James Cameron in the past decade to a cast that had no weak links, but selling people on what was essentially a heist film inside someone’s mind is kind of tough. But it was insanely awesome, thus people came out en masse to see it. Despicable Me and Megamind were both interesting ideas, making what would normally be a villain into a de facto hero, but did them so well that people came out en masse. What did all three have in common?
They had the right people at the right time behind the right idea.
It takes a bit of timing to be able to pull it off but Chris Rock’s old joke about if “you can’t get (x), and you can get (y), WAIT!” kind of holds up. If Christopher Nolan couldn’t have gotten DiCaprio, and all he had was Channing Tatum, Inception doesn’t work. I think we’re going to see a premium with casting to a higher degree than we’ve seen in the past; the right people make projects work at a higher level and with cost-benefit analysis meaning so much more than it has in the past it’ll play a much higher factor.
4. Celebrity Dysfunction is more interesting than celebrities themselves
The biggest stories of this year weren’t focused on films and film-related things, such as casting and whatnot. It was more about the dumb stuff they’ve been doing. Welcome to celebrity in 2010, where actually producing brilliant material isn’t as important as whom one is screwing.
5. Video on Demand could change everything for the indie scene
So far this year a handful of films have found niche audiences via the Video on Demand market through Amazon, Comcast, et al, to bulk up grosses that otherwise would have a hard time being bulked up if left to theatres alone. Imagine what will happen when one indie film opts to invest heavily in marketing a $7 ticket via Amazon to the right audience. We talk about Avatar being a game-changer in terms of how we view the look of a film, and how easy it is to get sucked into it, VOD could be the next big game changer for the indie world. We have the ability to stream films with no true delay in terms of time or quality, and home theatres are ridiculously good to the point where it’s a near replica of the movie theatre, that it’s almost surprising no one has made a serious attempt at bypassing theatres and going for VOD as a means of making a small budgeted film profitable.
A Movie A Week – The Challenge
This Week’s DVD – Family Guy Presents It’s A Trap
Sometimes you have to really respect an actor for allowing someone to bust their balls in a film with the voracity that Seth McFarlane ball shots Seth Green. This isn’t merely a DTV sack-tapping on part of Green’s career outside of Family Guy; this is a full on unprotected front kick to little Seth from his boss. And it’s really funny.
The third in the Family Guy spoof of the original Star Wars trilogy, this one follows Return of the Jedi to finish up George Lucas’s original trilogy of films. With a handful of other characters from the McFarlane universe of animated shows (The Cleveland Show and American Dad) joining those from the Family Guy universe to bring the weakest of the trilogy to life.
And the main thing I found amusing is that Seth Green’s career is really ripped on throughout the film. It must take a lot for an actor to allow the failings of his career to be used as cannon fodder for many of the film’s jokes but Green is a good sport and there’s some great zingers throughout at his expense.
The DTV release itself, which will probably be shown as a special extended episode sometime in the near future (once the DVD has officially maxed out its sales), is actually rather amusing. I’m a huge Star Wars but not as much of a Family Guy fan anymore. It’s gone from appointment television to being a “I’ll catch up on Hulu sometime in the next couple weeks” kind of show. It’s just not that funny but if it was as consistently funny as Seth’s take on the Star Wars trilogy it’d be more important viewing for me.
The film (I guess you call it that) is actually really funny and I’m still amused that George Lucas has been as accommodating to the show as he has been for this series. It’s one thing to prod ala Kevin Smith but that McFarlane just takes aim and riffs on the original trilogy by emulating it in a cartoon with the kind of love only a huge fan of it can provide. The attention to detail, and some rather clever use of ancillary characters from both universes, makes this a fun watch. It’s one thing to riff on the holy trilogy, but they do it with such style that it’s probably the best thing McFarlane’s done with the series.
What Looks Good This Weekend, and I Don’t Mean the $2 Pints of Bass Ale and community college co-eds with low standards at the Alumni Club
Season of the Witch – The year’s first release finds Nic Cage as a 14th century crusader who has to take a witch to get killed to stop a plague. Ron Perlman tags along.
See It – Another weird year for Nic Cage, with this and Drive Angry as his main releases of the year. Like any Cage flick, it’s usually worth viewing if only because it has every potential to be a galactic trainwreck.
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